Vintage Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Shard in Silver Plate Trinket Box
THE ITEM This charming handmade piece is a beautiful example of vintage upcycling.
Significant popularity of porcelain shard trinket boxes during the 20th-century comes from the turbulent period of the Chinese Revolution (1966 - 1976) where there was a cultural shunning of excess and rejection of old customs. Keeping antique or fine porcelain at home was considered illegal and many collectors would destroy and throw away their pieces.
However, there were those who felt the distress from the cultural destruction and sought to salvage the broken porcelain at the end of the period. The salvagers wanted to bring new life to the collected shards and one new lease of life was transforming the shards into these trinket boxes.
The porcelain shard of this particular piece bears a stylised cloud pattern that is embedded into the silver-plated alloy. The body of the box is decorated with rings of dots and stylised plum-blossoms.
CONDITION Excellent. No chips, cracks, dents or repairs. There is mild wear to the silver-plating, particularly on the underside of the base, which is commensurate with the age of the piece. Please refer to the photos as they form part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 1.2" / 3 cm and c. 1.5" / 3.8 cm width (across bodys widest point) x c. 1.6" / 4 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 920 g / 0.9 kg.
NOTES Trinket box will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
Antique c. 1910s Chinese 琺瑯 'Falang' Painted Enamelwork, Canton Enamel Mini Copper Teapot
THE ITEM This exquisitely intricate piece is a work of Chinese Canton Enamel design.
The base enamel is a soft white upon which is the handpainted a delicate pattern of sophisticated detail. The pattern is composed of a rare combination of Peach Blossom, Peaches, Peonies and Chinese Chrysanthemums. There are accents of a stylised Ruyie cloud and Chinese Forget-me-not flower pattern all over and the interior is finished with the typical Chinese teal blue enamel.
This fantastic work of art would make an excellent decorative art feature.
CONDITION Very Good. No repairs. There is natural age wear to the enamel, predominantly to the lip of the handle and the rim edging. Wear is commensurable with the age of the piece, please see photos as part of the condition report. The underside of the base is marked with '乾隆年制' which translates as 'Produced in Qianlong's Year' [Reign] which were revived from 1912 until the early-1920s.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 2" / 5 cm (including handle) by c. 4.9" / 12.5 cm width (across widest point). Base diameter: c 2.4" / 6.2 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.2 kg / 150 g
NOTES Teapot will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Painted enamel was introduced into China during the 18th century, with the introduction attributed to French missionaries, this is reflected in the translation of the Chinese term “foreign porcelain.” A metal object, usually copper but sometimes silver or gold, is covered with a background layer of enamel (often white), is fired, and then is painted with coloured enamels before the final firing.
Refined enamels made in the emperor’s workshops and in private shops in Peking also became popular export items, and most of the Canton enamels used the Famille Rose colours. Enamel works were popularly produced until the end of the 19th century.
Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller Mid Century Modern Brass Horse Figurines, 1950s - 60s, Austrian
THE ITEM Presenting this pair of beautifully stylised, Modernist brass horses mounted to the polished solid wood base is by Walter Bosse for Hertha Baller. These figures carry the influences typical of the Mid Century Modern design, which would have been at the height of its popularity during the time these horses were crafted.
Mid Century Modern design influences can include an 'atomic feel' that transforms ordinary geometric shapes into curves and waves and the exaggeration of length or stylising and this influence is evident in the design of this piece. An elegant and sophisticated accent piece that would suit a room with decor themes of vintage, contemporary, Mid Century Modern and even Industrial.
CONDITION Excellent, no damage, there is natural wear that is commensurable with age is present, please see photographs as part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 4.9" / 12.5 cm (of larger horse). Height: c. 6.1" / 15.5 cm tall (including base) x c. 4.3" / 11 cm width (from nose to tail of larger horse). Wood base: length c. 4.6" / 11.7 cm x width c. 2.8" / 7 cm Unpackaged weight: c. 0.5 kg / 466 g
NOTES Sculpture will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Walter Bosse (November 13, 1904 – December 13, 1979) was a Viennese artist, designer, ceramist, potter, metalworker, and craftsman noted for his modernist bronze animal figurines. Bosse’s work grew in popularity and a number of his pieces were shown at the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in 1925. He started designing for Augarten Porcelain Works (1924) as well as Goldscheider (1926) and Metzler and Ortloff (1927). In 1931, to meet increasing demand (especially in America). In the late 1940s, Bosse began experimenting with brass by giving his ceramic figures a metal coating to protect them from breakage.
He formed a partnership with Hertha Baller, whose company (the Hertha Baller Company) manufactured and marketed the brass figurines, this collaboration was called the Bosse/Baller company. In the early 1950s, Bosse and Baller began exploring a new style of brass called the “Black Gold Line” or "Black Golden Line" of brass figurines. He transitioned all of his efforts to brass and the figures became popular worldwide.
In Vienna, the Herta Baller Company continued to make and sell Bosse's designs. Bosse also collaborated with Karlsruhe State Majolika Works on a number of pottery animal figures.